British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has held meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G-7 summit, as post-Brexit unrest builds tensions in relations between Britain and the European Union.
FALmouth, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday on the sidelines of the G-7 summit, as post-Brexit unrest strains relations between Britain and the European Union. produces.
After Britain’s top diplomat accused the EU of having “bloody thinking” towards ties, Johnson met with the bloc’s leaders, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel at the Corbys Bay resort , where the leader of the G-7 was. are gathering.
The two sides are locked in an escalating diplomatic dispute over Northern Ireland, the only part of Britain that has a land border with the bloc. The EU is angered by the British delay in implementing the new checks on some goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of Britain as required under the terms of its divorce from the UK bloc. Britain says the Czechs are placing a huge burden on businesses and destabilizing Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace.
“We want the best possible relationship with the UK. Both sides should pursue what we agree on. There is full EU unity on this,” she said.
The European Union is threatening legal action if the UK does not bring a full-fledged check, with a ban on cold meat such as sausage from England, Scotland and Wales moving to Northern Ireland starting next month.
It said Britain should fully implement the agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol, which both sides agreed and ratified.
Britain accused the bloc of being harsh on rules and urged it to be more flexible to avoid what was dubbed a “sausage war”. Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Saturday that Britain must act to protect the “integrity of the UK” if the EU continues to take a “bloody and purist” approach.
Johnson’s spokesman Max Blaine said the UK wanted the protocol to work but needed “radical change”.
British officials say the issue is unlikely to be resolved during the G-7 summit that ends on Sunday. But Blaine said both sides have agreed to continue talks.
Johnson “wants the EU to work with him to reach an immediate agreement,” he said.